SNS Credentialing

SNA established the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Program in 1997 to enhance the professional image of school nutrition professionals, elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance.

The SNS Credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects what it takes to manage school nutrition programs in today’s challenging climate. The SNS Credentialing Exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs.

SNA’s School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing program is governed by the Certificate and Credentialing Governing Council, an autonomous arm of the School Nutrition Association. The Governing Council members and SNA Credentialing Program Staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of SNA’s Credentialing program.

Revised Exam Launched in July 2017
SNA released a revised version of the exam in July 2017 which includes two-hundred and twenty (220) multiple choice questions of which only two-hundred (200) questions will be scored. The remaining twenty (20) questions will not be scored and are being pre-tested for future examinations. The pre-test items will be randomly dispersed throughout the exam so candidates should plan on answering all questions. This is a standard industry process and best practice approved by the Certificate and Credentialing Governing Council. Candidates have four (4) hours to complete the exam. For questions about the exam, please email

How to Apply

  1. Download and use the SNS Credentialing Handbook & Application to register for the exam.
  2. Read the SNS Exam Preparation Tips  
  3. Purchase the SNS Study Guide (optional)

Location Host/Meeting Registration
Exam Date
New Orleans, LA

SNIC-SNA 01/05/2018 01/20/2018
Boxborough, MA

MA SNA 01/10/2018 01/31/2018
Washington, DC

LAC-SNA 02/10/2018 03/03/2018
Salem, OR

OR SNA 02/16/2018 03/09/2018
Birmingham, AL

AL-SNA 02/23/2018 03/15/2018
Hampton, VA

VA SNA 02/23/2018 03/16/2018
Wilmington, DE

DE- SNA 03/03/2018 03/23/2018
Savannah, GA

GA SNA 03/22/2018 04/12/2018
Long Beach, CA

NLC-SNA 04/05/2018 04/26/2018
Loveland, CO

CO SNA 05/22/2018 06/12/2018
Las Vegas, NV

ANC-SNA 06/18/2018 07/08/2018
Rochester, MN

MN SNA 07/08/2018 07/29/2018

Now Available: SNS Study Guide & School Food and Nutrition Service Management Bundle  

As a special introductory offer, SNA is offering a SNS Preparation Resources Bundle which includes:

  • School Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam Study Guide – 2015 Edition  
  • School Food and Nutrition Service Management for the 21st Century – 6th Edition, authored by Dot Pannell-Martin & Julie A Boettger

Note: the preparation resources are also available separately in the SNA Bookstore.

SNS Exam Recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

As of June 2017, the SNS Exam is listed in the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) Guide under Certification for Alternate Recertification Periods, Activity Type 545: SNA, School Nutrition Specialist. Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (RDs/DTRs) who successfully pass the SNS exam after June 1, 2017 can earn 75 CPEUs. Instructions on how to receive your CPEU certificate for passing the SNS exam are included in the pass notification letter.

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